Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hot Shot

Todd from 120 Proof Ball commented on this post on assist numbers that Sonic Ray Allen has a better shot than Peja.

Ladies and gentlemen: the math.

Using the very popular effective field goal percentage to compare the stars, we see that Peja is a notably better shooter than Sugar Ray. (For those that don't want to follow the above link, eFG% counts made three-pointers as 1.5 field goals - it makes sense because three-pointers are worth the same as 1.5 two-point field goals.)

Peja's eFG% last year was .530, while Ray's was .498. In 2004, Peja had a .566 eFG%, while Ray's was .512. In 2003? Peja, .556. Ray, .512. The career averages are .538 for Peja and .516 for Ray. Peja's high-point was that .566 eFG% in 2004; Ray's was .561 in 2002 (and the last time Ray beat Peja in this category).

Thanks to 82games, we can look at last year closer. On just jump shots, Peja has a .493 eFG%. On jump shots, Ray had a .476 eFG%. And if these new-fangled stats don't buy your lunch, Peja beat Ray in overall FG%, as well (.444 to .428).

From the free throw stripe, you ask? Peja shot 92% there last season, and Ray shot 88% from the line. For their careers, Peja has a 89% FT% and Ray has an 88% FT%.

So, how is Ray Allen a better shooter than Peja? And since he isn't, can anyone else think of someone who might be?

If not, this guy's getting a championship belt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what about their playoff stats?

11:30 PM  

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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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